Ronnie and Heather

Our Educators

Educational Programs | Outreach Program | Field Trips

Our goal in the Education Department is to fulfill the Museum’s larger vision of Engaging, Educating and Exciting Everyone about the Extraordinary Experience that is the Kentucky Derby. This is Ronnie Dreistadt, Manager of Education Services, and I have worked at the Kentucky Derby Museum for 18 years. I strive to meet that goal for every student group that visits. I have classroom teaching experience, as well as over a decade of museum programming experience.

I graduated from Floyd Central High School and received a bachelor of arts in history from Indiana University Southeast. My teaching degree was obtained in Secondary Education from Spalding University.

I understand that teachers trust us to create a safe, educationally engaging and hassle-free field trip experience. Being flexible to the needs of your group is a priority! I invite you to peruse our education offerings and do not hesitate to contact me with questions.

Hi! My name is Heather Hill and I am the Outreach Education & Program Coordinator at the Kentucky Derby Museum. I was born and raised an hour north of Louisville and attended Indiana University in Bloomington. I graduated in 2010 with a degree in Visual Arts Education and immediately started at Southern Indiana Center for the Arts teaching ceramics, summer camps and various art classes for the community. I was able to work with everyone from toddlers to the elderly, building and expanding my skills as an educator.

I began my journey as the Outreach Education & Program Coordinator in January 2013. Since we all learn differently, I try to engage at all multiple levels which has led to the development of a very animated teaching style. This blends well with the interactive elements of our programs, and I have received many comments from teachers that students who normally do not participate were some of the most engaged in the group.

I am thrilled that my job takes me around Kentucky teaching students about the Derby. I love meeting people and exploring new towns and schools.

The Kentucky Derby Museum's Education Outreach Program brings the Kentucky Derby to schools. Read what teachers have said about their experience.

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